The Threat: Inside The Soviet Military Machine
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The Threat: Inside The Soviet Military Machine

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published 1983 by Random House
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philipy
I read this back in the 80s when the Cold War was very much still with us. Despite the title the book is actually more about how the perception of the threat was arrived at, with a major theme being that the true threat was being greatly exaggerated, both in terms of Soviet intentions and their capability. One memorable line talked about how in a certain model Soviet tank, the gun mechanism was prone to loading the gunner rather than the shell. The insights continue to be relevant in terms of ho...more
Josh Liller
Fascinating insights from the early 1980s on the Cold War and what might happen if World War III had broken out. The book gave me the impression it probably would have been a real clusterfuck as the technology of both sides was not actually as good or as functional as they tried to make it seem.
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